I started riding at the age of 9 years old when my father bought me a Shetland pony for my birthday, his name was Horace. We had a stable built for him in our orchard at the bottom of our garden.
My interest in Show Jumping began at that early age when I used to set up makeshift jumps on my mother’s prized lawn, imagining that Horace & I were competing at The Horse of the Year Show at Wembley!
At about 11 years old my enthusiasm had grown and I progressed to having lessons at Chase Farm Stables in Chigwell, Essex, it wasn’t long before I was assisting in escorting rides out to the forest.
At 14 years old my parents bought me my first jumping pony and I moved to the Lewis’s Family yard in Chigwell, Essex. Michelle & Annette Lewis were already successful & well established junior riders and I began training & competing under Mr Lewis’s watchful eye. I benefited enormously from their extensive, knowledge, advice & guidance. The time spent with the Lewis family gave me an excellent grounding in equestrianism and competition
In 1977 my parents purchased Forest Farm, which at that stage consisted of just 5 pony stables and a large field.
Soon after they purchased for me, 3 top JA Jumping Ponies and I went on to have a very successful 2 years competing on the junior show jumping circuit, which culminated with me taking the runner up spot in the Leading Pony Showjumper of the year, at the Royal International Horse Show at Wembley, with my brilliant pony Husky Muston Dirhem,
Once my pony career had finished at 16 years old, I moved on to horses
After trying several high profile & established Grade A horses, I decided that purchasing & producing my own horses, was a much better & more fulfilling option & I manged to find 3 lovely young 4 year olds, which I produced with great success, bringing them through the ranks to Grade A level, going on to compete successfully at International Shows in Europe representing Great Britain.
Over the years I have also had training with Malcolm Pyrah & Ted Edgar and had regular coaching with Mary Broome, sister of David Broome.
I then diversified into training & producing other aspiring show jumping, eventing & dressage riders along with total beginners, while also teaching & producing horses for various owners.
I also trained teams for the London Youth Games at Crystal Palace over a period of 5 years.
As well as offering a brilliant & professional facility for riders & their horses of all standards, I am also available to coach & train individuals of all levels of their Equestrian Development, whether they are stabled here at Forest Farm or elsewhere, assisting & encouraging the development of both horse & rider in order that they can attain their full potential and enable them to enjoy their sport to the full.
Come & Join Us At Forest Farm!
Join us at Forest Farm Equestrian Centre and enjoy great facilities for you & your horse.
Mobile: 07748 715590
Landline: 01708 721056
Forest Farm, Romford Road, Collier Row
Romford, RM5 2DP